"The following account of the Hygiene's first two years graphically depicts life on board and details the medical program that was carried out....This is a story that needed to be told. We commend it for its historical significance."
Dr. C. Earl Albrecht, Territory of Alaska's first full time Health Commissioner
"Few young women in the post-war 1940s got the chance or were bold enough to cruise the Alaska coast on a medical work ship. Anyone interested in adventure, history, medicine, kayaking, or Native peoples will enjoy Susan Meredith's account of her participation in the beginnings of territorial Alaska's first fight against tuberculosis, then rampant in the villages."
Neil Davis, Alaskan author
"Against a backdrop of pre-statehood Alaska, Susan Meredith spins a warm, personal narrative of a seagoing public health clinic, its adventurous crew, and the needy coastal people whom it served. the focus is Territorial Alaska's raging tuberculosis epidemic. Skillfully interwoven in this narrative are the complexities of cross-cultural health care, personal anxiety and exhiliration, experiences of Alaska's stark natural beauty, and the peril of its northern seas."
Walter VomLehn, M.D., M.P.H.
"World War II was over, and the Japanese invasion of Alaska had been repelled, but a few years later, a lone boat set out to reconnoiter the onslaught of another enemy--the tubercolosis bacteria. This saga of the doughty crew of the MV Hygiene, on its historic voyage from Southeastern Alaska to most of the lonely villages of Southwestern Alaska and the Bering Sea, is a tale of high adventure and unique service to the Native people of Alaska. Author Susan Meredith's account fills in a missing chapter in the Public Health Service's fight against the scourge of TB."
Celia Hunter, former president of the governing council of The Wilderness Society and long-time Alaskan